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Israeli best seller breaks national taboo: Idea of a Jewish people invented, says historian

Posted by uscsjp on October 12, 2008

“No one is more surprised than Shlomo Sand that his latest academic work has spent 19 weeks on Israel’s bestseller list – and that success has come to the history professor despite his book challenging Israel’s biggest taboo.

Dr. Sand argues that the idea of a Jewish nation – whose need for a safe haven was originally used to justify the founding of the state of Israel – is a myth invented little more than a century ago.

An expert on European history at Tel Aviv University, Dr. Sand drew on extensive historical and archaeological research to support not only this claim but several more – all equally controversial…”

–Jonathan Cook, Media Monitors Network (originally published in The National,, in Abu Dhabi), Thursday, October 9, 2008

Also by Jonathan Cook:

Israel’s breeding ground for Jewish terrorism

Boundless indulgence has emboldened the settlers

October 01, 2008, ZNet

“The words ‘Jewish’ and ‘terrorist’ are not easily uttered together by Israelis. But just occasionally, such as last week when one of the country’s leading intellectuals was injured by a pipe bomb placed at the front door of his home, they find themselves with little choice.

The target of the attack was 73-year-old Zeev Sternhell, a politics professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem specialising in European fascism and a prominent supporter of the left-wing group Peace Now…”


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